Alan Keyes Biography
Alan Keyes (Alan Lee Keyes) is a doctorate graduate from Harvard University and servers as an American conservative political activist, pundit, author and former ambassador. He was born on 7th August 1950 in New York, U.S.
He was appointed a resident scholar for the American Enterprise Institute in 1987. His principal research for AEI was diplomacy, international relations, and self- government.
In 1989 he became the President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW),and founded CAGW’s National Taxpayers’ Action Day, a position he held until 1991. In 1991, he served as Interim President of Alabama A&M University, in Huntsville, Alabama.
In 1984 Ketes was selected as deputy chairman World Population Conference in Mexico City. During his tenure he negotiated the language of the Mexico City Policy to withhold federal funds from international organizations that support abortion. Additionally, Keyes fought against an Arab-backed UN resolution calling for investigation of Israeli settlements. The measure passed, 83–2, with 15 abstentions and only Israel and the U.S. voting against it. Reagan again appointed Keyes to represent the U.S. at the 1985 Women’s Conference in Nairobi.
During his time at the United States Department of State, Keyes defended the Reagan policy of not imposing economic sanctions on South Africa as punishment for apartheid. Stated Keyes, “I see the black people in South Africa as the most critical positive factor for eliminating apartheid and building the future of that country … And that is not something you do with rhetoric, slogans and noninvolvement. It’s not something you will achieve through disinvestment.”
Alan Keyes Age
Alan Keyes was born on 7th August 1950 in New York, U.S. (68 years as of 2018)
Alan Keyes Education
Keyes attended Cornell University awhere he studied political philosophy. American philosopher and essayist Allan Bloom was one of his professors who he says influenced him most during his undergraduate studies.
While at the University he oppossed Vietnam war protesters who seized a campus building which lead to him receiving death threats.Keyes has stated that a passage of Bloom’s book, The Closing of the American Mind, refers to this incident, speaking of an African-American student “whose life had been threatened by a black faculty member when the student refused to participate in a demonstration” at Cornell. Shortly thereafter, he left the school and spent a year in Paris under a Cornell study-abroad program connected with Bloom.
In 1972 Alan Keyes graduated from Harvard University. In 1979 he earned a Ph.D in government affairs from Harvard University. He wrote a dissertation on Alexander Hamilton and constitutional theory.Alan Keyes
Alan Keyes Family
His parents are Gerthina (Quick) and Allison L. Keyes, his father served as a U.S Army sergeant and a teacher. Due to his father’s line of duty they moved a lot. Keyes lived in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and overseas in Italy.
Alan Keyes Wife
Alan Keyes is married to Jocelyn Marcel Keyes, of East Indian descent, from Calcutta. They have three children Francis, Maya, and Andrew.
Alan Keyes Daughter
In 2005 at the age of 20 Maya Keyes came out as a lesbian, reports circulated that she was thrown out of the house by the family and stopped talking to her. In an interview with Metro Weekly, a Washington, D.C., LGBT newspaper, Maya confirmed that her father “cut off all financial support.” In the same report Maya said, “It doesn’t make much sense for him to be [financially] supporting someone who is working against what he believes in.”
In October 2007 he contradicted reports about diswoning his daughter saying he loves his daughter and that she knows she has a home with him. He asserted that he never cut her off and never would, because it would be “wrong in the eyes of God.” He also said he would not be coerced into “approving of that which destroys the soul” of his daughter. He contended that he must “stand for the truth [Jesus Christ] represents” even if it breaks his heart.
Alan Keyes Diplomat
In 1978 Alan Keyes joined the United States Department of State as a protégé of Jeane Kirkpatrick. In 1979 he was assigned to the consulate in Mumbai, India and in 1980 he served as an ambassador to Zimbabwe.
In 1983 Alan Keyes was appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council by President Ronald Reagan. His stay at the UN provoked some controversy, leading Newsday to say “he has propounded the more unpopular aspects of US policy with all the diplomatic subtlety of the cannon burst in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.” He also served on the staff of the National Security Council.
Alan Keyes Political Career
In 1988 Alan Keyes was drafted by the Maryland Republican Party to run for the United States Senate, and received 38 percent of the vote against victorious incumbent Democrat Paul Sarbanes.
In 1992 he run for the Maryland senatorial seat coming in first in the Republican primary. He received 29% in the general election. He attracted controversy during the election when he took a $8,463/month salary from his campaign fund.
In 1996 he sought the Republican presidential nomination. During primaries he was briefly detained by Atlanta police when he tried to force his way into a debate to which he had been invited, and then uninvited. He was never formally arrested and was eventually picked up 20 minutes later by Atlanta’s mayor at the time, Bill Campbell.
During the 2000 presidential election he campaigned for the 2000 primaries on a pro-life, family values, tax reform plank. In Iowa, he finished 3rd, drawing 14 percent.
During the 2004 senate election he was drafted to run against Democratic state senator Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate, after the Republican nominee, Jack Ryan, withdrew due to a sex scandal, and other potential draftees declined to run.
On 14th September 2007 Alan announced that he would be running for Presidency. On 28th November 2007 he was excluded from the Republican CNN/YouTube debate. He called the exclusion “arbitrary, unfair, and presumptuous,” arguing that CNN was playing the role of “gatekeeper” for the presidential election.
On 6th May he placed fourth in North Carolina winning 2.7% of the votes which earned him two delegates to the Republican National Convention.
On April 15, Alan Keyes confirmed his split from the Republican Party and his intention to explore the candidacy of the Constitution Party. He lost his bid for the party’s nomination, however, coming in second to 2004 CP vice presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin at the party’s national convention in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 26, 2008.
During the convention, the party’s founder, Howard Phillips, gave a controversial speech in which he referred to Keyes as “the Neocon candidate” who “lingered in the Republican Party until a week ago.” Following the defeat, Keyes held an interview with Mike Ferguson in which he compared his defeat to an abortion.
Later, Alan Keyes told a group of his supporters that he was “prayerfully considering” making a continued bid for the presidency as an independent candidate, and asserted his refusal to endorse Baldwin’s candidacy.
Keyes’ supporters formed a new third party, America’s Independent Party, for his presidential candidacy. America’s Independent Party gained the affiliation of a faction of California’s American Independent Party. However, the AIP ticket, which had Brian Rohrbough, father of a victim of the Columbine High School massacre, of Colorado as its vice presidential candidate, was only on the ballot in California, Colorado, and Florida.
In the federal election held on November 4, 2008, Keyes received 47,694 votes nationally to finish seventh. About 86% (40,673) of the votes he received were cast in California.
Alan Keyes Radio Show
In 1996 Alan Keyes began hosting a syndicated radio show called The Alan Keyes Show: America’s Wake-Up Call for Radio America from Arlington, Virginia. In 1997 the show became on cable’s National Empowerment Television. He also launched various web- based organizations—notably Renew America and the Declaration Foundation, both headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Alan Keyes Career in media
In 2002 Alan Keyes hosted a live television commentary show, Alan Keyes Is Making Sense, on the MSNBC cable news channel. In July the show was cancelled due to poor ratings.The show was unsympathetic to supporters of the al-Aqsa Intifadah—whom Keyes frequently debated on the program—and supported the Israeli crackdown on Palestinians.
The show also featured critical discussion of homosexuality and of priests accused in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals. The last episode was broadcast on June 27, 2002. As a result of Keyes’s strong advocacy of Israel on his MSNBC show, in July 2002 the state of Israel awarded him a special honor “in appreciation of his journalistic endeavors and his integrity in reporting” and flew him in to meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Alan Keyes Obama
On 14th November 2008 Alan Keyes filed a lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility for the U.S. Presidency. The suit requested that Obama provide documentation that he is a natural born citizen of the United States.
Alan Keyes refused to acknowledge Obama as the president after his inauguration and alled him a “usurper” and a “radical communist”. He claimed Obama’s birth certificate had been forged and he was not qualified to be president.
During the 2004 senatorial election Alan Keyes was drafted to run against Democratic state senator Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate. During a news conference on 7th September 2004 Keyes said that Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama because of votes that Obama—then a member of the Illinois Senate Judiciary committee and a lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School—cast in 2001 against a package of three anti-abortion bills that Obama argued were too broad and
After the election, Keyes declined to congratulate Obama, explaining that his refusal to congratulate Obama was “not anything personal”, but was meant to make a statement against “extend[ing] false congratulations to the triumph of what we have declared to be across the line” of reasonable propriety. He said that Obama’s position on moral issues regarding life and the family had crossed that line. “I’m
supposed to make a call that represents the congratulations toward the triumph of that which I believe ultimately stands for … a culture evil enough to destroy the very soul and heart of my country? I cannot do this. And I will not make a false gesture,” Keyes said.
Alan Keyes Books
- 1995: Masters of the Dream
- 1996: Our Character, Our Future: Reclaiming America’s Moral Destiny
- 2004: Leadership Defined
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